José Luis Gomez, conductor
Claire Thai, harp
Alexander Lipay, flute
Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
Claire Thai: Harp Concerto (Commission by Tucson Symphony Orchestra, World Premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp
Igor Stravinsky: Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for small orchestra
Of all that Tucson Symphony Orchestra does, nothing touches my heart more than its Young Composers Project, in which young Tucsonans learn to write music for symphony orchestra. Claire Thai graduated from the program in 2019, and she’s now a harp student at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. I’m proud that this is the fourth time under my watch that we’ve commissioned music from a Young Composers alum and performed it on our subscription series.